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Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president

Ferdinand Marcos Jr has been sworn in as the Philippine president in a ceremony in Manila, succeeding the outgoing leader Rodrigo Duterte.

His inauguration marks a stunning comeback for the Marcos political dynasty, which was ousted after a popular revolt in 1986.

Mr Marcos Jr – nicknamed Bong Bong – won an election landslide last month.

Sara Duterte, the daughter of the outgoing president, is being sworn in as vice-president.

Mr Marcos Jr took his oath of office at midday local time in a colourful ceremony at the National Museum.

Flanked by his wife and three sons, he waved and smiled while observing a parade that featured an aerial display of jet fighters and march pasts of the Philippine’s various uniformed personnel.

In his first speech as president, he thanked the crowd for delivering what he described as “the biggest electoral mandate in the history of Philippine democracy.”

The 64-year-old leader is inheriting a country still on the road to recovery from a years long pandemic, and an economic outlook clouded by skyrocketing inflation and rising debt.

 

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